"Come and help me build the Monastery of San Damiano, because ladies will dwell here who will glorify our Heavenly Father throughout His Holy Church by their celebrated and holy manner of life."
St.Francis speaking of St. Clare and her Sisters

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Good Shepherds...

Custom Good Shepherd floor tile for the public side of the Chapel

 "I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep."

Above you will see a medieval representation of the good shepherd.  This custom made tile, designed by Michael Coster, shows Christ the Good Shepherd standing fearlessly before the ravening wolves.  The Sacred Heart crowns the tile.  I love this image.  It will find its home on the public side of the chapel - to encourage those who visit to entrust themselves to the Good Shepherd - and to experience his strong protection.  Other custom tiles highlight different events that draw the mind to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.  More tile photos to come!

Whenever I think of the Good Shepherd, I give thanks for the priesthood.  How often have we experienced the shepherding of Our Lord through the guidance and care of a priest.  We are blessed this week to have 2 wonderful priests and 1 amazing brother visiting with us.  Each shine forth so uniquely different aspects of the Good Shepherd.  Long time friend Fr. Jim Parker, from the Diocese of Rockford, is visiting!  Br. Francis, CFR, is visiting as well.  He brought his long-time spiritual father, Fr. John Newman from Bradford, England.  It is wonderful to get to know Fr. Newman!  And see the Good Shepherd continue to care for his sheep through these 3 wonderful men of God...

Joe, Br. Francis, Fatima, Steve, Sr. Marie St. Paul, Fr. Newman in newly painted cloistered Adoration Chapel
Joe and Fr. Newman checking out the view from the reredos. Where they are standing is the exact place where the Tabor and Monstrance will be enshrined.  The reredos will be assembled by the carver, Alexander, in September.  For those who have donated for the reredos, the book containing  your names and prayer intentions will be placed at the feet of Jesus
The primer paint has been applied to the main portion of the Chapel

Sr. Marie Andre with prayer warrior, Fr. Jim Parker!

Sr. Marie St. Paul and Joe!  What a great photo...

Da Dome!!!!  Also see the parking spots in the background.  YAY

Loving all those angles!
Cloistered Adoration Chapel - the altar will be placed where the workman is standing.

view into the cloistered Adoration chapel.  The windows there will eventually be the nine choirs of angels.  3 of which are being sent to production.  Pics to follow soon.


  1. It looks wonderful so far! I can't wait to visit!

  2. Wow fit for OUR LORD! Mother Angelica has much to smile about! Wish one day I can pray there, amongst the handmaids of the Lord. God Bless.